My Poems…: Selected Poetry – Marina Tsvetaeva, Andrey Kneller (Translator)

Rating: ★★★★★ 02/02/16 Marina’s my name, caprice is my way… No matter what heart, no matter what net, My will – will break through them all. See the curls that are dangling loose on my head? – I will never be turned into salt. (1920) Marina Tsvetaeva, the one born amid colors and flowers; the one … More My Poems…: Selected Poetry – Marina Tsvetaeva, Andrey Kneller (Translator)

The Grand Inquisitor – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Rating: ★★★★★ 22/01/16 Know, then, that now, precisely now, these people are more certain than ever before that they are completely free, and at the same time they themselves have brought us their freedom and obediently laid it at our feet. It is our doing, but is it what you wanted? This sort of freedom? This … More The Grand Inquisitor – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Evening – Anna Akhmatova, Andrey Kneller (Translator)

Rating: ★★★★ 17/01/16 Neither one of us understood How small the earth was for two Evening is Akhmatova’s first book, published in 1912. This collection includes some beautifully crafted poems that brought her critical acclaim. Through the art of simplicity, she managed to convey many aspects of our complex behavior. . A decision, a depart, different stages … More Evening – Anna Akhmatova, Andrey Kneller (Translator)

A Nasty Anecdote – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Rating: ★★★★ 19/12/15 …nothing ventured, nothing gained. (45) The deep-felt desire for spontaneity. The plague of inhibition. Be natural; be reserved. Be demonstrative; be discreet. An excess of vulnerability could turn you into the protagonist of an unpleasant anecdote. Speak but not too much. Write but do not expose too much. Be honest but do not … More A Nasty Anecdote – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Gambler – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Rating: ★★★★★ 13/12/15 Can I possibly not understand myself that I’m a lost man? But—why can’t I resurrect? (188)   It is not just the extraordinary psychological depth of the characters nor the engaging story that masterfully manages the element of surprise. This novella had a great impact on me for the simple reason that whenever … More The Gambler – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Wondrous Moment: Selected Poetry – Alexander Pushkin, Andrey Kneller (translator)

Rating: ★★★★★ 10/12/15 I can give you my loneliness, my darkness, the hunger of my heart; I am trying to bribe you with uncertainty, with danger, with defeat. JLB, “Two English Poems”   Perhaps, one day, I’ll learn to let you go. Alexander Pushkin (1824) I left a world of labyrinths, mirrors and spirals of time … More Wondrous Moment: Selected Poetry – Alexander Pushkin, Andrey Kneller (translator)

The Double – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Rating: ★★★★★ 30/09/15 Through the bureaucratic ocean of papers, there lies Joseph K., bored with unanswered arguments. Behind an unapologetic desk, Bartleby sits in silence, preferring nothing. As a fearful door opens, Bashmachkin leaves the smothering atmosphere of the office, ready to meet with the others. All set to forget the tasteless morning coffee and the … More The Double – Fyodor Dostoyevsky